This morning I had an opportunity to discuss the Obama administration's War on Coal with Joel Riley on WTVN in Columbus, Ohio. No state is being hit harder by forced closures of coal plants than Ohio, as last week's PJM auction showed. I ended the interview with Joel by pointing out that Senator Sherrod Brown will soon be put on the record on the War on Coal when he votes on S.J.Res 37, Senator Jim Inhofe's resolution to overturn the most costly anti-coal regulation known as Utility MACT.
Joel said he had Brown scheduled for an interview this morning and promised to ask him about it. When he asked him about how he would vote on S.J.Res. 37, Brown said: "I don't know what it is from the number."
He doesn't know what it is??? It's his chance to show everyone in Ohio where he stands on Obama's War on Coal.
Please educate Senator Brown through our petition form at www.WarOnCoal.com!
Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America. Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants are now generating just 36 percent of U.S. electricity, versus 44.6 percent just one year ago. It’s the result of an unprecedented regulatory assault on coal that will leave us all much poorer.
This week, Senator John McCain will offer an amendment to overturn the ban on the importation of prescription drugs, which has been in place for the past 25 years. The idea has intuitive appeal: American companies do much of the research and development of new drugs, at astonishing costs, then consumers in other countries are able to purchase those drugs at lower prices than we can here. Why should Americans have to pay more for these drugs than people in other countries? The short answer is that we have to unless we want pharmaceutical innovation to grind to a halt.
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We were happy to sign onto a group letter organized by our friends at the Taxpayer Protection Alliance that urges Congress to impose stricter oversight on the broadband stimulus grants under the Farm Bill. Billion sof taxpayer dollars are being doled out not to provide service in areas with no commerical providers, but to directly compete with companies that have invested their own, private funds in building networks. That's wrong. We support ending the program entirely, as the group letter urges, but at the very least stricter controls are needed to ensure that the subsidies are used only in unserved areas.